"Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves," says ride founder Chris Phelan.
In 2003, Phelan organized the first Ride Of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and killed. The ride is now staged on the third Wednesday of May every year.
The Ride Of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph and remain silent during the ride.
"There is no brochure, no sponsors, no registration fees and no t-shirt," and the ride "aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for those who have been killed or injured.
There 120 rides planned in the US, with small events planned for the UK and Scotland.
To add more rides go here for info: http://www.rideofsilence.org/howto.php